I wanted to talk a little bit about the header, (I think that’s what it is called), I put on here the other day. First of all, my eyes track to the cranky kitty each time I look at this photo. No, this is not our cat but a friend of our cat. They sit, a careful distance from one another and visit each day. I think the cat is a stray and our cat, Cassie, seems to attract many of them. It’s that or the bird feeder in our yard with 100 birds surrounding it each morning!
Our son took this picture of our side yard. This is part of our view out our back door. Those are olive bushes I planted a few years ago to block the view of the neighbors. I have a small pond I built out of limestone to the left of the picture. I usually have a trickle of water and goldfish in it, but not this summer. This summer it’s doing a great job of growing moss and holding wet leaves.
To the right of this picture is a fireplace I built out of the bricks that were part of the two chimneys in our attic. When we replaced our roof a couple summers ago, we took out the chimneys before they fell through the ceiling. I thought the fireplace was a great reminder of their use at one time. We haven’t used the fireplace very much. Just a few times to roast hot dogs and s’mores. Usually it’s too hot out to enjoy the fire and then too cold. It’s hard to sit outside in the snow when your back door beckons just a few feet away.
I also have a climbing rose on an arbor in this same area. Roses border the sidewalk. I love roses, the sweetest smelling ones. There is just something old-fashioned and pleasant that assails your senses as you pass by.
None of this may seem very amazing to all of you. But it is to me. When we moved into this house almost 11 years ago, that entire area was a driveway. With the help of my son, we transformed it into a pleasant place to relax, and someday, I WILL sit at the bistro table and sip my coffee, listening to the birds and the trickle of the pond as a flash of orange passes in the dark water. These are the moments that make life something to look forward to and relish in. The times when your thoughts are at peace and your body rests. I wish these for you too.